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eLearning Africa’s Response to ICTAU on Conference Fees

his week, Uganda ICT Association released a statement in which it urged the organisers of the eLearning Africa Conference – happening at Speke Resort, Munyonyo, Kampala, starting Wednesday – to consider a fees structure that would cater for even those that can’t afford the preset fees.

Last evening, eLearning Africa founder, Rebecca Stromeyer released the following statement:

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dotAfrica domains delayed until September 2014

The general availability of the .africa Top Level Domain (TLD) is expected to commence in September 2014, following the expiry of the Sunrise and Land Rush periods which are scheduled to commence in May 2014.

That’s according to Neil Dundas, chief operating officer at ZA Central Registry (ZACR) .
“dotAfrica domains will be available for registration on a first-come-first-served basis from September 2014 once the rights of trade mark holders have been processed during the designated Sunrise period,” said Dundas.

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Telecoms in Rwanda Call for Scrapping of Taxes on Incoming Calls

The prohibitive roaming call rates have caused discomfort among the business community and ordinary Rwandans who want to communicate with friends and relatives across the region. The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency’s (Rura) and other telecom regulators in the EAC reviewed roaming call rates, meaning that when one calls someone in Uganda, for example, they are charged and the other person’s is also ‘cut’. BEN GASORE and peterson tumwebaze examine the issue

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Senegalese Startup wins the VentureOut Challenge for Africa

Marodi.tv, an online video platform broadcasting African content, has won the Africa category at this year’s VentureOut Challenge, walking away with US$10,000 USD and six months worth of mentorship.

The announcement of the win was made Chisinau, Moldova.

The VentureOut Challenge Prize is organised by Infodev, backed by the World Bank and CRDF, and it is an award for new mobile applications developed in Africa, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.

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No African Governments Submitted Requests For Apple Data

Not one African government made a request to Apple for personal data of its users, according to the technology company’s latest Report on Government Information Requests.

Earlier in August, African requests for Facebook data had been wholly ignored when South Africa made 14, Egypt made eight, the Ivory Coast made four, Botswana made three and Uganda one. In contrast the United States had 79 per cent of their 12,000 requests complied with by the social network.

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Uganda: Warid launches mobile money (WaridPesa)

Warid telecom has launched its own money transfer service, adding to the revolution of transacting money in Uganda. The mobile firm launched its WaridPesa product, and, unlike its competitors’, customers can send and receive money from any network. Speaking during the launch, minister for ICT Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, stressed the importance of technology advancement towards economic development.

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ICT hitches hamper efficiency at border

ICT hiccups remain among the biggest challenges as the East African Community (EAC) eyes a full-fledged trans-boundary business in utilising the common market protocol.

At least customs officers at Mutukula border point with Uganda admit that the internet communication hitches were hindering the quick clearance of goods and other services at border checkpoints on either side of the two countries.

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Ugandan Student Wins Nomination for Mobile Premier Awards in Barcelona

Christine Ampeire, a second-year student of Software Engineering at Makerere University, was beaming with delight after her mobile app, Mafuta GO was announced winner of the AppCircus competition at Protea Hotel in Kampala.

The decision was reached by a panel of 6 members of the jury, composed of Veronica Ssempebwa, Evelyn Namara, Annie Njenga, Ali Ndiwalana Gerald Begumisa and Boaz Shani, after each of the ten shortlisted developers had presented their creations to the over 200 delegates at the Mobile Monday Kampala event.

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New software provider enters Ugandan market

A new software service provider “Twenty Third Century Systems” (TTCS) will this week launch its services in Uganda.

The Uganda launch will be the fourth destination for the company among the EAC partner states after already having subsidiary companies in Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya, reports EA Business Week.

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Zimbabwean Government & Apple in iPad joint venture

Apple has agreed to enter a joint-venture with the Zimbabwean government to deliver solar-powered iPads to rural and remote schools, reducing the digital divide between rural and urban areas in the country.

Government Education, Sport, Arts and Culture minister David Coltart travelled to Europe to meet with Apple executives in Paris, working on a new ‘School Box’ which will use solar power and micro projectors to help bring iPad teach aids to some of Zimbabwe’s poorest schools.

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